The biggest challenge when studying vocabulary is to actually remember the words you just learned. Some words seem to stick in your memory immediately, while others you always seem to forget. There are several ways to improve your memory when learning foreign language vocabulary. None is foolproof, and all require some work, but with these tips you will be able to learn more efficiently:
When encountering a new word, you need to make its meaning stick to in your mind. You can picture your memory as a giant pine tree with many branches, each representing a part of your memory. To remember a new word, you need to hang it on something existing or something new. It is extremely difficult to remember more than a few new words when they come totally out of nowhere and are not linked to anything else in your memory. Cognates are sometimes useful for remembering new vocabulary, but they also can be false friends.
This is an excellent way to solidify your vocabulary and increase your confidence in using a foreign language - and our proprietary smart algorithm helps you do this better than any other program. For more information on spaced repetition, see:
Spaced repetition is essential to remembering words over the long run.
The biggest challenge:
Our method of spaced repetition requires some effort, but with a little discipline and organization you can make it work. For example, you can learn a set of new words and then instruct LanguageTutor to test you with those words some days later. This program will just do that for you through a proprietary smart algorithm.
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Words should be learned in context, such as in a sentence or in a text. A word’s meaning is inferred from context and therefore better retained.